Animal rights groups say the festival season puts a huge amount of pressure on the state’s captive elephants who do not receive adequate rest for several months at a time.
The festival season is also particularly stressful for elephants because they have to be transported from one venue to another. For this, they are often loaded onto trucks and shackled, and have to remain that way on long road journeys without much sleep or food
Animal rights activists say inadequate food and rest affects the digestive system and lungs of elephants and eventually kills them. “More than 30 elephants have died in the last 18 months,” said an activist on condition of anonymity.